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clinton. the former president talking to cnn about the next race for the white house. will it pit hillary clinton against joe biden? >>> red kettle robbery. heartless thieves steal christmas from needy families, swiping thousands of dollars from the salvation army. but how did they do it? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up. we begin with an american held captive in cuba since 2009. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversa
're there live with new information. >>> plus, clinton honors mandela. the former president shares very personal stories about his friend and his hero. he says the south african leader's advice helped him get through one of his darkest hours. stand by for my one-on-one interview. >>> plus, breaking news. a snow and ice emergency. a deadly winter storm is causing havoc on the roads and in the skies across america. we're tracking the danger as the deep freeze moves east and a new storm develops out west. >>> and a big jump in jobs. does president obama deserve credit for improving the u.s. economy after a surprisingly strong employment report? i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> a ten-day mourning period is under way for one of the most influential leaders of our time. we're learning more about the final tributes to nelson mandela. stand by for that, and for my special conversation with the former president, bill clinton. he reveals a time when he and the south african president didn't see eye-to-eye but first, the breaking news we're following. >>> a brutal winter storm turns de
nelson mandela when he visited the clinton white house for a state viz in it 1994. it was his second trip to the united states and his first as south africa's first black president. like so many, i was personally inspired by madiba to believe in the possibility for positive change through collective action. having been a part of apartheid protests in high school and college, to see him standing there shaking my hand was almost overwhelming. from what seemed a hopeless imprisonment to his release and then to the presidency of his country. joining me now, dr. mary francis barry founder of the free south africa movement and michael sculnic. thanks to you both for joining me. it's great to have you here. >> thanks for having me. >> dr. barry, i want to start with you because i was reading a snippet from an interview you gave where you were talking about literally the day that president mandela was released and you met -- saw him and met him in capetown. can you tell us about that? >> right. i had gone to capetown with others who had been in the free south africa movement, and we persuaded the
. >> meanwhile, former president bill clinton says his recent suggestion that president obama keep his word and let people keep their health insurance plans was not aimed, or not trying to distance hills from the president's health care law in an effort to help his wife hillary's potential 2016 presidential bid. >> i said nothing about this. not one word, until the president himself spoke. i don't think you can find anybody in america who's worked harder for his re-election or supported this bill or went out of his way to explain the bill to the american people more than i did. >> so mr. clinton says he does not know whether his wife will run for president. and adds that he would support joe biden as a 2016 presidential nominee if he got the nomination. he'll support any democratic nomination. >>> notre dame is suing over obama care birth control mandates. they're doing this again. the university filed a fresh lawsuit opposing insurance for student and employees saying it goes against the teachings of catholic church. the affordable care act does make exceptions for religious institutions.
clinton also plans to attend. both clinton and his wife, former secretary of state hillary clinton meat with mandela in his final years. former president jimmy carter will also travel to the memorial as part of the elders delegation, an international human rights group that is chaired by kofi annan. >> the white house has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney sa
of the short attention span. they lived through vices of our obsession, i think the former clinton communications guy who said the white house press corps is like the kids at a soccer game they just chase the ball. so we've chased the ball and now we'll chase another one for a while. that's my question. what does the white house think the issues are that can take the 37%, 38% and bump it up. >> if people get coverage and it's cheaper. they think at the end of the day they will reward the politicians that voted for it. people have to get on the site. they have to be able to get the insurance. they have to see a subsidy that allows home to get insurance that costs them less. they are getting better benefits. those two things don't happen. big promise was not kept. >> really quickly, willie, i figured it out. very excited. figured out where i'll put the picture of willie. >> good. >> in my household. >> where? >> right there. you like that? >> there he go. >> i put on my paisley smoking jacket at night and sit there. >> you got the stylist for the lili pulitzer campaign. >> kind of cr
? or do you think he he'd still let hillary run instead? >> i think should hillary clinton chooz to run for president she'd be an amazing one. despite all these problems, i bet if president obama could run again, nine out of ten democrats would want him, and he'd win. >> what has the gop accomplished in the past year? >> the minority party. harry reid hasn't let us pass anything. we've improved in the polls. >> the past couple weeks maybe but seriously. minority parties can put forward ideas and make things happen. >> stop the regulations. let's have a conversation, a beer conference again. i think that might help his numbers and republicans. and the onus would be on them. >> even republicans today just would not support it. >> i think think would. >> it would be wonderful, and i think we could all work together if we could get the it regulations fixed. i want to thank you for this discussion. you can go to facebook or twitter to weigh in on our fire back question. right now 43% of you say yes, 57% of you say no. the debate will continue on line at cnn/crossfire. i'm van jones. >> and i
people visited the site on monday and former president bill clinton also spoke about the law yesterday saying its legacy will not be impacted as long as its flaws are fixed. >> if the computer problems are all fixed and it's up and running and healthy in the next several weeks, i this i that the damage will be minimal. when problem passed a bill to provide drug cover annual to senior citizens under the medicare program, it was more unpopular when it was passed and there were lots of problems in the beginning with the computers. >> so the effects would be a men mum? >> if it's fixed, that would be right. if it's worked through, i think in four or five months, people will be talking about it entirely differently and no one will want to repeal this law. they want it to work. >> you remember in 2004 when medicare part d passed, we had this same coverage and all because it was just so bad and they had the same problem, george bush had press conferences and they were -- oh, wait, that didn't happen. that's right, democrats are making that up. >> okay. >> the only thing involved in medicare p
hillary clinton. she ended up winning that race three, four days later and shocked all of us. >> including herself. >> no, i knew that was coming all along. we were all absolutely shocked. >> except for state senator from new hampshire who told us the night before the primary that hilary was going to win and why. >> it remains one of the most shocking political upsets. we were out. we went to see hilary speak the night before. we felt sorry for her because the crowd was not responsive. all the plates in the parking lot at the national high school were from massachusetts. and we just thought boy what a terrible way to end a political career. she turned around winning. i wonder again in large part if hit to do -- she teared up but barack obama seen as coming on too strong in that debate where he made an off handed remark. >> now there's a school for that you can go to. mike allen thanks so much. >> barnacle and i especially need it. >> we're sending all of you. >> coming up the number one team in the nation facing a major challenge from an unranked but well-known basketball team. a stunner i
bill clinton and hillary clinton also expected to attend. no word yet if the clintons will be flying on air force one with presidents obama and bush. we've just learned a spokesman for former president carter also telling nbc he is going to south africa as part of the elders delegation. he will not be on air force one with the obamas. new today in politics, president obama is scheduled to speak this hour about u.s.-israeli relations in the current environment. part of a forum sponsored by the saban center at the brookings institute. other speakers include secretary of state john kerry, israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. new today, the president is calling on congress to extend unemployment benefits set to expire on december 28th. >>. >> the nonpartisan congressional budget office predicted allowing them to expire will be a drag on economic growth next year. a report by the department of labor and my council of economic advisors estimated could cost businesses 240,000 jobs. and without the ability to feed their families or pay the bills, many people currently looking for work
. >> president clinton who was in the white house when mandel was elected president of south africa. the two developed a close personal relationship. bill clinton says, quote, all of us are living in a better world because of the life that madiba lived. he proved that there is freedom in forgiving that a big heart is better than a closed mind and that life's real victories must be shared. >> jimmy carter also saying the following. to think of their parents and grandparents the different world they are seeing. we will have more coverage of nelson mandela's legacy still to come on "early start." >>> we are following the vast majority of the united states dealing with the effects of a deep freeze, including major travel headaches. more than 500 flights have been precanceled. so bad they are canceling them before they are supposed to take off! they have been canceled around the country because of the bitter weather. >> getting around by car not easier. icy conditions call that seven vehicle wreck along interstate 540 in northern arkansas. four people tenth so the hospital and we are told their i
nixon, ronald reagan, bill clinton -- you look at their calendar and you can see what's important to them. even if you don't know anything about what was going on at that time, look at that calendar and you'll see what their priorities are. in the case of president obama, if you look at his calendar, there is no evidence whatsoever that is focused or has much interest in health care at all. >> they say that -- they went on to say they have a list of all their meetings. 277 private meetings with 16 other cabinet members. 277 with 16 other cabinetmakers -- cabinetmakers, they pretty much make their own cabinets in the white house. so that just shows a lack of focus, a lack of interest. it remind me of the fact that i remember when james woolsey was the director of the c.i.a. with bill clinton. he didn't have much interest in surveillance, intelligence and international affairs when he got started. it all changes and people used to say james woolsey never gets to see the president. it does play into a narrative we're beginning to see. it's beginning to show the president, even though
for president. >> vice president joe biden, former secretary of state hillary clinton. compare and contrast? >> not a chance am i going there. [ laughter ] here's what i'll say, both hilary and joe would make outstanding presidents and possess the qualities that are needed to be outstanding presidents. i think joe biden will go down in history as one of the best vice presidents ever. hilary i think will go down in history as one of the finest secretary of states we've had and helped transition us away from a deep hole we were in when i first came into office around the world. >> that's the only answer he could have given to that question? >> he gave it well. even pushed he said i'm not touching that one. he cannot weigh in on this one and i suspect he will get right up to the next election and where there ever to be an contest that's unimaginable between joe biden and hillary clinton in the nominating process i can't imagine barack obama weighing in on that one. in the larger context joe biden is doing hillary clinton a favor by having his name out there. the idea he can keep this as a race
, nancy pelosi. laura bush. karl rove. hillary clinton. lance armstrong. mother theresa. very good choice. prince williams. the royals. and nelson mandela. barbara will pick a winner again this year. good choice. >> -- whatever her name is. >> kim-ye. >>> coming up, a disturbing new poll shows americans don't trust each other very much anymore. okay: . >>> one of the nutty things that makes america great is we're for the most part friendly people. easy to get along with and trust worthy. that may be eroding. according to a poll, surprisingly one-third of americans say most people can be trusted as opposed to '72 when almost half the country felt that way. a record high say you can't be too careful in dealing with others. this is when the crime rates are down all over. there's got to be a reason for this. what do you think, eric? >> i don't know that the crime rate's high. i think violent crime is down. the thefts and the bernie madoff things and those types. i don't trust liberals. i don't trust anyone with my medical records. >> you had to bring it to that. okay. >> i think these numbers
is where he was born. it's expected that jimmy carter, bush the elder, bush the younger, bill clinton and president obama will pay to south africa to pay their respects, to the extent that their health allows it. the scale of the memorial and burial is expected to match those of pope john paul, winston churchill and people of that magnitude. ran rather said he should be considered the greatest leader of the second half of the 21st century, that is how he's viewed around the world. his sature is something that few people have known. as the details emerge, we will bring them to you right here. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell." >>> nelson mandela told his biographer, men come and go. i have come and i will go when my time comes. nelson mandela's time came today. >> i pledge to you with all my strength and ability to live up to your expectations. i am your servant. i don't come to you as
compound. it is expected that jimmy carter, bush the younger, bush the older, bill clinton and president obama will visit. dan rather just said that he should be considered the greatest leader of the second half of the 20th century. that is how he is viewed around the world. his stature in the world is something that few people have ever known in modern history let alone in history. as the details of the arrangements for the next few days emerge, we will bring them to you right hire. now it's time for the last word. >>> nelson mandela told his biographer men come and go,
for the global farewell to nelson mandela. george w bush and clinton and more planning to attend the services. so you've been outside nelson mandela's home over the course of the day and the night. what's the mood like? did you see today? >> reporter: it's 3:00 in the morning here, anderson, and as you can see from this makeshift memorial behind me, it's quiet here. it's -- there's a real sense of spirit and this is a bourbon street. the memorial you see behind me is a police barricade that has just been gardened with flowers and little candles flickering, very personal messages from people of all walks of life. they have literally come here throughout the last 27 hours since we hear he died and people have written pernl notes and left personal flowers out of their guardian and it's a sense of country. we spoke to one man out here who knew he was sick. he knew this was imminent but still can't quite believe that nelson mandela is gone. >> we've been learning more about the mourning period underway. what's the latest on the memorial and funeral plans? >> reporter: well, i think the key is is that
. didn't happen. with best intentions and all efforts, president clinton vowed that north korea won't go nuclear. why is this nuclear deal different than any other nuclear deal? >> well, we don't know yet. we don't know yet. >> an honest answer there, but is there any real good answer for that question or did the president nail it? >> i think the president did nail it. it's not very satisfying for folks on either side of this issue. there's a lot of ambiguity. it allows both sides to claim some semblance of victory without any real hard and vast terms here. it's better to think of this as a framework. the president yesterday also said that he thought that as a practical matter, if the deal were to be nailed down and finalized, that it would prevent iran from having the, quote, breakout ability to go and enrich uranium to the point where they would have nuclear bomb capability. however, right after the geneva talks, you heard rouhani from iran say that he thought that what this deal, what this framework did was recognize in the eyes of the world and the international community that iran d
era -- remember that midterm election in bill clinton's first term, the republican revolution when they took the house for first time in a generation, the dozens of seats, that congress put the harry truman do-nothing congress to shame, passing only 88 laws in 1995. that is on record as the least productive congress in the united states, 1995. but now, oh, baby, usa! usa! new record! right now, john boehner's congress, this congress right now has passed fewer than 60 public laws in the whole year. unless some miracle happens in the roughly five minutes that john boehner plans to have congress working between now and the end of the year, we are about to set a new, all-time record, an all-time american record, since the history of our country, about to set a new all-time record for the size of the ratio between what we pay these guys and what they do. it's kind of easy to see what happened. i mean, if you spend all of your time and all of your effort saying you're going to repeal obama care, which is not actually going to happen, then that takes up time in which you could be actually
-year extension that first came up in the 80s, passed by clinton and bush and eventually president obama most likely, which continues a government ban on these sort of plastic weapons that cannot be detected by metal detectors. what was the issue here, new york democratic charles schumer, he wanted more. he said that we should define a gun by having more metal parts. in order to try to avoid -- this is too lenient, if you have a 3d printer, you can make plastic parts that won't be detected. however, because democrats wanted to get this ban through, a lot of them withdrew their opposition of the united states house, so much so this was passed by a voice vote. it's very rare that anything in the u.s. how's is passed by a voice vote. you saw it. rob andrews, a democrat from new jersey, close to the house leadership. don't let the perfect get in the way of good. as we've seen this past year, tamron, anything that has to do with any semblance of gun control turns off a large faction of the house gop conference and more conservative groups and the nra has been quiet on this. they said this law, thi
it to recent presidents before him, their approval rating at this very same time, president clinton and reagan both doing far better than president obama at this time. george w. bush was slightly lower at 37%. but this is the same president who it seemed could do no wrong when he was re-elected. ari often reminds me that in politics things can move very slow and they can also move very fast. >> only ari knows that? oh. >> and former white house adviser spoke to this on this week last week wanting it to move quickly. let's take a listen. >> people trust this president. i think there's been numbers all over the place. i'm confident in a few months from now those trust numbers are going to come up. i think his approval number will come up. >> that's obviously what every democrat wants. jon, it seems like this is a year the administration is wanting to put behind them very quickly. >> yeah, i mean -- well, if we had this conversation two months ago, two and a half months ago t would have been a very different conversation probably about the last year. it's just this last two months that have been
and bill clinton will also be going to south africa this week. nelson mandela will be laid to rest this week. joining me charlene hunter-gault who worked for npr during nelson mandela's presidency, and from new york, special correspondent tom brokaw. here is tom back in 1990 interviewing nelson mandela after he was released from prison. it's a great photo. the reverend jesse jackson is here, one of the first people to greet mandela after he was released from prison. what a great day that was. we'll talk about it. and he wrote a book entitled "mandela's way." and charles ogletree who marched for mandela's freedom and subsequently met with him several times. welcome to all of you. it's a great privilege to have this conversation. i want to begin in south africa with charlene hunter-gault and have her set the scene with this national period of mourning and reflection and celebration. good morning, charlene. >> reporter: right now, david, it is pouring down rain, and in south africa rain is a sign of good fortune, so maybe it is in honor of mandela. up until this moment, people have be
charged with illegal entry. former president bill clinton secured their release in 2009. now, u.s. officials and family members are being very careful, of course, not to say anything that could jeopardize the situation of the americans being held by the north koreans. wolf? >> let's hope both of them are released soon. thanks very much, barbara. >>> just ahead, rare access to the front lines of the battle for damascus. cnn takes you to the heart of syria's bloody civil war. >>> plus, an interesting gift choice. what the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu gave to pope francis today. ♪ ♪ ♪ i wanna spread a little love this year ♪ ♪ i wanna spread a little love and cheer ♪ [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- provocative design and exacting precision come together in one powerful package at the lexus december to remember sales event, with some of the best offers of the year on our most thrilling models. this is the pursuit of perfection. on our most thrilling models. every day we're working to and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment
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clinton and even some of their best friends. but this is just more laughing to keep from crying. all of this was the latest example of how a country, our country, is still unable to properly discuss race, in a society increasingly forgettable about structural racism and the way it pervades our nation. we noticed the flashpoints of horror, the shooting of trayvon martin and jordan davis and remeisha mcbride. we produced outrage about the stories is like this one where a 13-year-old girl was placed in protective custody when police didn't believe the two black men when he was traveling with were her legal guardians. no, there isn't any more to that story, they were just standing, waiting for a bus when they were arrested. charges were finally dropped this week, but, listen, far too often, in our public discourse about racism, we get stuck on the individual manifestations of explicit racial bias. and while hurling the n-word may be easy to identify as racist, it might also be the least impactful act of all racism, with which we should be concerned. instead of working ourselves into a tw
't disagree. >> i'm appealing to you, stand up and be -- >> i'm sitting down -- >> i think bill clinton was a republican. are you sure he was a democrat? >> i have no idea. >> senator kerrey will be with us for the rest of the program. >> do you want to be called senator or governor? >> you can call me bob. >> he wants to be senator. don't call anyone governor. >> walking dead, don't spoil it. >>> up next, dow chemical announces significant revamp, joining us after the break. and later this morning, what brown can do for you this holiday season. we hear from the cfo of u.p.s. about how to handle the holiday rush. >>> dow >>> dow chemical has announced its intention to sell part of the commodity chemicals business representing up to $5 billion in total revenue. and joining us now is the president, chairman and ceo of the dow chemical company. andrew, it's good to see you. and we always kind of grapple with this. business is attractive to someone. it's a commodities business. a good business, a steady business. why is it attractive to someone other than dow? why is it more attractive to t
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